At Meridian, your child will receive the necessary individualized attention to thrive in the classroom. Although it seems like a big school, each teacher and staff member knows your child’s name, and homeroom teachers communicate regularly with our parents via progress reports, report cards, parent-teacher conferences each trimester, and emails, phone calls and texts.
Some new features for SY17-18 include:
- Bi-weekly classroom progress sheets that inform you of your child’s academic and behavior progress
- Classroom websites that are updated with summaries of quarterly curriculum (for all subjects), daily and weekly homework information, and class events and other important information throughout the year
We celebrate each child’s unique skills and interests, and work with families to ensure successful transitions to the next grade level. We welcome parental involvement and know that your input is crucial to your student’s success in school and beyond.
Read more about our policies and procedures and access forms.
Visit our Parent Center!
Meridian’s Parent Center is an open resource for Meridian parents, and offers numerous programs free of charge. These programs are designed to promote students’ emotional, physical, social, and intellectual strengths. Parents can also use our computers to find jobs, check email accounts, and learn about parenting.
Meridian has a full time bilingual parent coordinator to provide support to our Spanish-speaking families, who provides interpretation and translation support, organizes events, and coordinates parent outreach.
Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday, 7:30am–3:15pm
If you have questions about the Meridian Parent Center or any of the programs offered, please contact Ms. Maple Lewis, Program Coordinator, ext. 203 or Ms. Hilda Marquez, Parent Center Coordinator/Translator, ext. 204.
Learn more about workshops at our Parent Center.
Before and after-care
Meridian offers families the following options for before care and aftercare for SY2017-18:
Before Care at cost to parents
7:00–7:30 AM at the ES
7:00 –7:50 AM at the MS
Cost: $100/month, paid to Meridian via credit card (Square) or money order; no cash or checks accepted.
7:30–8:00am: ES Building open to early arrivals at no cost to parents
After care at the ES at cost to parents
on Thursdays only, beginning September 14*
Annual, one-time $50 registration fee + community program membership fee $62 (or $112 for 2 more children) + $60/month after the first 6 weeks, paid to the YMCA Anthony Bowen
After care at the ES at cost to parents
3:30–6:00 PM, M – F
Annual, one-time $50 registration fee + community program membership fee $62 (or $112 for 2 more children) + $300/month/ES student, paid to the YMCA Anthony Bowen
Meridian sponsored clubs, sports and tutoring
3:30–5:00 PM, M, T, W, F
Clubs and sports will begin in September. After-school tutoring will begin after the conclusion of fall MAP testing in mid/late September. Tutoring will be for selected 2nd–8th graders with greatest demonstrated academic need.
NB: No after-school tutoring or extracurricular activities will be offered on Thursdays.
*Early Release Thursdays begin on September 14, 2017.
BEFORE CARE: The cost of before care is $100 per month and is operated by Meridian at both the Elementary School and the Middle School; please apply using the application form here. Paid before care opens at 7:00 AM. If you plan to drop your Elementary student off after 7:30 AM but before breakfast at 8:00am, you will not have to pay for this early arrival period. This accommodation is limited to this school year only, as a courtesy to parents as we adjust to the later start time.
REGULAR, FULL TIME AFTERCARE: Meridian is working with its aftercare provider, YMCA Anthony Bowen, to deliver you high quality options at a fair cost. The current cost for YMCA Anthony Bowen full time aftercare at Meridian is a one-time annual registration fee of $50, a community program membership fee of $62 ($112 for 2 or more children) and $300 per month tuition (discounts available for siblings). The YMCA will provide financial assistance of up to 10% of the monthly cost for a limited number of qualified families in need. Additionally, Meridian will subsidize the monthly cost for qualified families in need up to 10%, giving priority to families with students in grades PK-5.
Please complete the registration form for aftercare with the YMCA Anthony Bowen and the financial assistance application and submit it with all requested supporting documentation to the ES Parent Center, the YMCA Anthony Bowen, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
EARLY RELEASE AFTERCARE (for 1:00 - 3:30 PM on Thursdays beginning Sept. 14): The current cost for YMCA Anthony Bowen Early Release aftercare only at Meridian is a one-time annual registration fee of $50, a community program membership fee of $62 ($112 for 2 or more children) and $60 per month tuition (discounts available for siblings). For the first 6 weeks (through October 19, 2017) of Early Release Thursdays, Meridian will subsidize 100% of the tuition for after care services from 1:00–3:30 PM on Early Release Thursdays only for families of students in grades PK-5. After the 6-week subsidy has ended, families will be responsible for the $60/month payments.
Enrollment in regular aftercare with the YMCA Anthony Bowen includes care on Early Release Thursdays at no additional cost. Families with students in grades PK–5 with demonstrated financial need may also receive a partial subsidy for Early Release after care on Thursdays from 1–3:30 PM for the remainder of the year. Starting September 14th, families who have not registered their students for Early Release aftercare and do not pick up their students at 1 PM on Thursdays will be charged a drop-in fee of $30.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Families who want to be considered for Meridian's partial subsidy for Early Release after care from 1:00 – 3:30 PM on Thursdays for the remainder of the school year must submit a financial assistance application with all requested supporting documentation. All financial assistance is determined on a first-come, first-served basis, once financial need has been established, and with priority given to PK-5 grade students. We will make every effort to communicate decisions on financial assistance for the remainder of the school year within two weeks of submission of complete applications.
Why doesn’t Meridian run its own aftercare program anymore?
Meridian was offering aftercare services to families at a below market rate. It is possible that when the program was initiated, it was offering fair and competitive pricing. But after many years of operation without increasing costs, it was determined that the school could not continue to operate the program without incurring significant financial losses. Further, we found that other providers offered richer, higher quality programming than what Meridian had been able to offer on its own in recent years.
How did you select the YMCA Anthony Bowen as your aftercare provider?
First, we researched and had discussions with multiple aftercare providers and found that the average cost for aftercare in DC starts at around $300 a month. We then examined the programs offered and selected the YMCA because their programming offers rich enrichment activities like recreational swimming and cooking classes in addition to homework completion and after-school snacks. The YMCA Anthony Bowen is also a member of our community, just one block from Meridian. Finally, they offer pricing comparable to other after care providers as well as their own financial assistance. We continue to work with the YMCA Anthony Bowen to explore options for expanding the financial assistance available to Meridian families over the course of this school year.
Read through our policies and procedures.